Rafa Benitez Confident Of Doing Well – Winning Trophies At Newcastle

Rafa Benitez has said he thinks he can win trophies at Newcastle and that’s not the first time he has said that while he’s been at the club.

When Rafa decided to join Newcastle in the first place, it was to win trophies, so that’s all consistent although he was let down financially by Mike Ashley in the summer.

But that seems to have all been forgotten, and Rafa is only concentrating on getting wins for Newcastle, and we have three of them in the first six games – not too bad at all.

That kind of ambition transfers quickly to his players, and they are becoming a difficult team to beat, but we still don’t have the three or four (world) class players we need in the team.

Maybe if we get new owners we will be able to do that, and there will be nothing to stop us becoming a top team in Europe with Rafa leading the way.

Rafa Benitez – confident of success at Newcastle

We have a tough game today at home to Liverpool so we will see how we can perform against one of the top sides in the Premier League.

And we will have a massive display of flags at the game – thanks to the Gallowgate Flags group – who have done an absolutely outstanding job this season for the club.

They deserve enormous credit for the hard work they have put in on behalf of Newcastle United.

Rafa Benitez also seems upbeat at the moment, and he even seems keen to stay at Newcastle for the long term.

This is what he said when asked if he thinks he can win trophies at Newcastle:

“Yes for sure, I think so.”

“It depends on a lot of things. If you have 25 players more or less the same standard it’s very difficult against the top teams but it can happen.”

“In one game in a cup competition, it can happen.”

“If you are a top team playing away against a team with all the fans behind them and you concede you start panicking and it can happen. It’s confidence.”

“If you talk about Newcastle and young players. Can they grow enough? Yes, they can improve because the way they approach every training session, they are learning.”

“You also need experienced players to help them to develop.”

“If you say next year, I will talk about January or whatever, we will sign three or four players and they are good players. Three or four players in a starting XI would be massive.

“Sometimes, you just need to be a little bit lucky with things to win a trophy.”

That first line of Rafa’s is funny – translation – yes, I’m certain we can win trophies – maybe.

But it’s just his English and we have never seen Rafa happier than he was at his press conferences on Friday afternoon.

He seemed very happy and upbeat,  maybe it’s because the Newcastle fans just love the guy – and we’ll include the local press in that too.

Yeah – that could be it.


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20 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 1, 2017 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Is it because he knows the fat man is on his way. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeese!!!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 1, 2017 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #2

    I voted win as always, hopefully the win bar curse will work in our favour. I’m not sure what the feeling of the crowd will be today, had we have beaten Brighton we’d be going in to the game feeling like world beaters, I think most people would take a draw now though.

  • jazzyp

    Oct 1, 2017 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #3

    I’ve gone for a hopeful draw today but more importantly a good showing to prove the doubters we belong in this league

  • toontaff2

    Oct 1, 2017 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #4

    I see this as a free hit – as long as we do not get a good whopping and we give a good showing – any points a bonus. ‘Udders fans may have had to puttheir clackers away, yesterday, having been run ragged by Spurs.
    As I mused, earlier, Coutinho is apparently worth 130 million, which is probably more than our whole squad.
    MoTD – Woy thinks Palace are impwoving – let’s hope they continue to improve!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 1, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Jazzyp…we are most definitely going nowhere with our current owner…

    …it’s just when I look at the PL and the clubs who are owned by these dubious rich consortiums and conglomerates there’s really not many I envy…

    …but if look a clubs in Germany you do get a bit envy 😉 just saying!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 1, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #6

    I wonder if the pundits will rewrite history for their mate Pards and remember him for trying to change the way Palace played rather than for undoing all the good work that Pulis done and turning them in to a team that can’t score and simply can’t defend, surely Pardew has more 3+ deficets than any other PL manager in history.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 1, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t get your post, so would you rather continue going nowhere with our very dubious owner or take a chance with a money rich dubious consortium. I also don’t know why you put in a smiling winking emoji.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 1, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Pards has probably been one of my worse experiences as a NUFC supporter

  • jazzyp

    Oct 1, 2017 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #9


    So long as we start with a tempo and not on the back foot then I’m hoping for a competitive showing.
    If we sit back and let there undoubtedly talented forwards have to much of the ball.. we’re gonna get hammered, But if we can stay strong and positive and give em some pressure . We could shock em

  • Jib

    Oct 1, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #10
  • sparky55

    Oct 1, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #11

    It’s all good news lads as the fat controller is ready to pass on control to someone else…the only negative being it won’t be full control as he will still want SD plastered over every wall and every advertising hoarding for the next 5 years…but the cancer is about to be removed…game on!

    Rafa going nowhere, NUFC steadily climbing the table and the fat controller has just entered the revolving door under the exit sign.

    Isn’t the world a wonderful place. 🙂

  • sparky55

    Oct 1, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #12


    I’m with you…all we can realistically do today is use this game as a measure as to how far we’ve come…or not as the case may be.

    A draw is a win.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 1, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Just looking at the all time PL records, despite our two relegations and Mikeys aim of 17th and 40 points we sit in eighth. Assuming we got fifty points in the two seasons we weren’t relegated we’d be sitting in fifth just ahead of Spurs. Cheers Mike.

  • toontaff2

    Oct 1, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Sparky, you can have a seat on the happy clappy bus!
    Where’s the driver, Magspuggy?

  • Jib

    Oct 1, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #15
  • Munster Mag

    Oct 1, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #16

    I hope we are not as callow and defensive as we were v Spurs. Needs must etc, but we are better now than we were then and more confident etc. That Liverpool attacking 4 is frightening. They were hurting man city until the red

  • Jib

    Oct 1, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #17

    I hate to piss on folk’s chips.
    The media are in the main talking about an investor
    not a buyer – a valuation would still be required for
    an investor (and non disclosure agreements) to ascertain
    their potential percentage holding of NUFC.
    I cannot see Ashley selling more than 49%.
    Anyway after Ashley takes his loan out it still leaves about
    £100 million for player recruitment
    No wonder Rafa’ smiling.

  • sparky55

    Oct 1, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #18

    As long as Ashley’s not driving the bus I really don’t give a fcuk 🙂 🙂

  • lochinvar

    Oct 1, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #19

    Can I have some of what you’re on please ?
    Is it available over the counter ?

    “A draw is a win”
    I reckon a win is a draw and a half x 2

    Pass the Kutchie like a good chap

  • sparky55

    Oct 1, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #20

    Lochinvar… yes in all good chemists and bars…Benylin and broon…the favoured drink of the toon army from the late 70’s…used to help mask the pain…we weren’t very good back then! 🙂 🙂


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